The American Dream By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Gatsby realizes that wealth is not enough to win Daisy, so he launches a full-scale campaign to become a part of the old rich. He recreates himself into what he believes is acceptable. He changes his name, creates a heroic war record, claims attendance at Oxford, and establishes a lavish lifestyle that will impress Daisy. Much of his background is fabricated or so vague that is cannot be questioned. His purchases are excellent but do not have the charm of family pieces. He clearly meets the criteria for upper class through his finances, but not in the way he earned or spent his money. Gatsby learns that his nouvenean riche status cannot buy him Daisy, the women he thought would be his destiny. The optimism and prosperity of the…show more content…
Living a wandering life with no permanent home, no contact with his father or relatives, and no friends, he felt very alone. His mother treated him more as an adult than a child, had little interaction with him, and practically abandoned him during adolescence. These events caused Amory to have a lack of self-worth, made it difficult for him to do well in school, and complicated his relationships with women. Although he should have been delighted with the intellectual opportunities of college, he found it stifling and detested the conformity. Born to believe that he belonged to the elite, he sees the perfect role model in Dick Hummbird, a young man who truly exemplifies the upper class. Dick “seemed to Amory a perfect type of aristocrat. People dressed like him, tried to talk as he did.” (Fitzgerald, 78) “Servants worshipped him, and treated him like a god. He seemed the external example of what the upper class tries to be.” (Fitzgerald, 78) “Even when Amory learns that Dick’s father was a grocery store clerk, he continues to admire Dick and remain loyal to him.”(Bui) Following the death of Dick and his own dismissal from Princeton, Amory was forced to take a job in marketing, this provided little money and no challenge. Amory feels his life spiraling out of control with no job, no friends, and no family inheritance. The successes that Amory wanted so much alluded him; however, these circumstances have caused
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